The ‘Hersenstichting’ will finance national research into brain damage caused by the coronavirus. The costs for the research, over 325,000 euros, have been raised through a crowdfunding foundation.
In the NeNeSCo research (Neurological & Neuropsychological Sequelae or COVID-19 Infection) patients from the first coronavirus wave will be followed for a longer period of time and examined for possible brain damage. Cognitive tests are taken and an MRI-scan of the brain is made. Researchers Prof. Caroline van Heugten, connected to Maastricht University and Dr. Janneke Horn, connected to Amsterdam UMC, will lead the research. Corona patients from the hospitals Maastricht UMC, Zuyderland, Amsterdam UMC, OLVG, UMC Utrecht, Diaconessenhuis are included in the study. Together with Janneke Horn, co-applicant Esmée Verwijk (department Medical Psychology Amsterdam UMC) will coordinate the project for the Amsterdam region. The results of the research will be used to provide the right treatments for future corona patients.